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Songs Without Words

Ensemble Signal

Brad Lubman, conductor

Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano

Phil Myers used to say that every time he played Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, he would have to start preparing the solo a month ahead of time, just to make sure he had it in the groove. I’ve performed Oliver Knussen’s Songs Without Words a few times now. Preparing for these concerts makes me understand that sentiment, clearly. The piece, despite being in four movements, can’t be more than 15 minutes long. However, there are lots of hornistic acrobatics to be executed. I’ll do my best!

The Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium - 8pm


Songs without Voices


Trauma Etudes
Commissioned by the Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund in the Library of Congress


Pierrot lunaire, op. 21

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